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Pray, Lisa C.; Daniel, Shannon M.; Pacheco, Mark B. – International Multilingual Research Journal, 2017
As elementary teachers in U.S. public schools strive to adapt their instruction to support growing numbers of students learning English as an additional language, they must also navigate institutional constraints and affordances beyond their classroom-level interactions. Even as teachers plan and implement instruction within their own classrooms,…
Descriptors: Elementary School Teachers, Multilingualism, English (Second Language), Second Language Learning
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Stewart, Mary Amanda – International Multilingual Research Journal, 2017
Research acknowledges the value of youths reading books that represent their lives and cultures, yet there is a growing need to better understand how youths of understudied groups respond to multicultural stories. This single-case study of a multilingual refugee adolescent from Burma (Myanmar) investigates how she draws from her lived experiences…
Descriptors: Books, Adolescents, Refugees, Reader Response
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Martínez-Álvarez, Patricia – International Multilingual Research Journal, 2017
This study explores the impact of hybrid instructional spaces on the purposeful and expansive use of translanguaging practices. Utilizing technology, the study explores the role of multimodality in bilinguals' language multiplicity and dynamism. The research addresses: (a) how do emergent bilinguals in dual language programs deploy their full…
Descriptors: Language Usage, Bilingual Students, Code Switching (Language), Bilingualism
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Martin-Beltrán, Melinda – International Multilingual Research Journal, 2017
Peer interactions are central to student experiences and present tremendous opportunities for language learning and consequences for educational equity, yet these opportunities have often been unrecognized and under-examined. This special issue offers new perspectives examining the potential of peer interaction to foster language, literacy and…
Descriptors: Multilingualism, Peer Relationship, Equal Education, Literacy Education
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King, Kendall A.; Bigelow, Martha; Hirsi, Abdiasis – International Multilingual Research Journal, 2017
This article examines everyday classroom peer interaction among emergent multilingual high school students who are new to the United States, new to school, new to English, and new to alphabetic print literacy. Data were collected through observation and video recording within a daily 90-minute, English language and literacy block class over the…
Descriptors: High School Students, English (Second Language), Second Language Learning, Second Language Instruction
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Kibler, Amanda – International Multilingual Research Journal, 2017
Reflecting on contributions to this special issue along with my own research, I suggest ways in which sociocultural understandings of peer interactions in multilingual contexts are and should be evolving to encompass the increasingly complex settings that research has come to document. I argue that in order to realize the potential of research in…
Descriptors: Peer Relationship, Multilingualism, Learning Activities, Sociocultural Patterns
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Martin-Beltrán, Melinda; Daniel, Shannon; Peercy, Megan; Silverman, Rebecca – International Multilingual Research Journal, 2017
This article analyzes how emergent bilinguals discursively support one another during literacy activities in a cross-aged peer-tutoring program in their elementary school. Drawing from Vygotskian sociocultural theory, we frame peer supports as developing a zone of relevance that fosters and sustains peer engagement in literacy discussions.…
Descriptors: Bilingualism, Peer Teaching, Second Language Learning, Second Language Instruction
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Martínez, Ramón Antonio; Durán, Leah; Hikida, Michiko – International Multilingual Research Journal, 2017
This article explores the interactional co-construction of identities among two first-grade students learning Spanish as a third language in a Spanish-English dual language classroom. Drawing on ethnographic and interactional data, the article focuses on a single interaction between these two "Spanish learners" and two of their…
Descriptors: Self Concept, Elementary School Students, Ethnography, Spanish
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Ballinger, Susan – International Multilingual Research Journal, 2017
Previous studies have shown that immersion students tend to speak the majority language during peer interactions, regardless of the language of instruction or their dominant language. Researchers have argued that the societal status of the majority language presents an obstacle to providing equitable support for both languages of instruction. To…
Descriptors: Peer Relationship, Language Usage, Second Language Learning, Second Language Instruction
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Delavan, M. Garrett; Valdez, Verónica E.; Freire, Juan A. – International Multilingual Research Journal, 2017
Utah's public schools are home to an increasing number of K/1-6 dual language (DL) programs established through a state-centralized model that has sparked interest domestically and internationally. We theorize three potential constituencies of DL--maintenance, heritage, and world language--then use critical discourse analysis to examine how…
Descriptors: Bilingual Education Programs, Discourse Analysis, Public Schools, Elementary School Students
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Sultana, Shaila; Dovchin, Sender – International Multilingual Research Journal, 2017
Based on virtual conversations drawn from two separate intensive ethnographic studies in Bangladesh and Mongolia, we show that popular cultural texts play a significant role in young adults' heteroglossic language practices. On the one hand, they borrow voices from cultural texts and cross the boundaries of language, i.e., codes, modes, and…
Descriptors: Popular Culture, Second Language Learning, Language Usage, Self Concept
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Latham Keh, Melissa; Stoessel, Saskia – International Multilingual Research Journal, 2017
Looking at data from three siblings from a German/Polish family that immigrated to the United States in 1952, we discuss bilingual language development and the effect of teacher support in schools on language maintenance and shift. All three subjects report that they did not give up their heritage language but rather came back to it at different…
Descriptors: Language Maintenance, Case Studies, Second Language Learning, Native Language
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Kiramba, Lydiah Kananu – International Multilingual Research Journal, 2017
This article discusses the findings of an empirical study that investigated the writing practices in a multilingual, rural, fourth-grade classroom in Kenya. The study was undergirded by Bakhtin's heteroglossia. Analysis of texts indicated that these emergent multilinguals used multiple semiotic resources to maximize the chances of meeting the…
Descriptors: Writing (Composition), Language Usage, Multilingualism, Code Switching (Language)
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Baecher, Laura; Knoll, Marcia; Patti, Janet – International Multilingual Research Journal, 2016
Preparing school administrators to promote effective instruction of English language learners (ELLs) is an important dimension of today's educational leadership programs, requiring innovative program activities. This study explores school leadership candidates' use of an observation tool targeted to ELL instruction that incorporated guided video…
Descriptors: English (Second Language), Second Language Learning, Leaders, Classroom Observation Techniques
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Banes, Leslie C.; Martínez, Danny C.; Athanases, Steven Z.; Wong, Joanna W. – International Multilingual Research Journal, 2016
The pedagogical innovation of this study is self-reflexive inquiry into language, culture, and identity. This work was conducted in a course on Cultural Diversity and Education serving 76 culturally and linguistically diverse undergraduate students, many of whom planned to become teachers. Through analysis of a Personal Language Inventory and…
Descriptors: Language Usage, Undergraduate Students, Cultural Pluralism, Preservice Teachers
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